Sowell asks at Townhall,
The Success Academy schools in general ranked in the top 2 percent in English and in the top 1 percent in math. Hispanic students in these schools reached the “proficient” level in math nearly twice as often as Hispanic students in the regular public schools. Black students in these Success Academy schools reached the “proficient” level more than twice as often as black students in the regular public schools.
What makes this all the more amazing is that these charter schools are typically located in the same ghettos or barrios where other blacks or Hispanics are failing miserably on the same tests. More than that, successful charter schools are often physically housed in the very same buildings as the unsuccessful public schools.
So why isn’t the system just turned over to them?
Why? Because the teachers’ unions are opposed to charter schools — and they give big bucks to politicians, who in turn put obstacles and restrictions on the expansion of charter schools. These include politicians like New York’s “progressive” mayor Bill de Blasio, who poses as a friend of blacks by denigrating the police, standing alongside Al Sharpton.More.
Reality check: I really wish conservatives could just have an honest discussion abut this instead of acting surprised. Progressives farm disadvantaged people. They need people to be helpless, hopeless, hapless failures, except for the few “poster” successes that help progressives scalp the taxpayer for more money to keep their farm going.
Unfortunately, nothing will change unless the farm-ees decide to quit supporting these parasites. But that is difficult in the climate created by legacy media and entitlement bosses who, for example, encourage attention to “shot-by-police” dramas, resulting in dramatic marches, riots, venting, etc. – but no real opportunities. Because no real opportunities were intended.
See also: Thomas Sowell on the U.S. voter’s dilemma